ITF World Tennis Number
The LTA has announced the introduction of the ITF World Tennis Number for players of all standards – making Britain one of the first countries in the world to introduce the brand new, inclusive, innovative and modern rating system that has been designed to provide a significant boost to grassroots participation and recreational competition.
Likened to the handicap system in golf, the World Tennis Number will operate with one simple scale for all players aged 10 and over and regardless of gender, catering for players of all abilities from beginners to top players. Updating every week, players will be given a ‘Number’ from ‘40’ to ‘1’, with recreational players starting close to 40 and top level players being close to 1 (players with an ATP/WTA world ranking will all be rated simply as ‘Pro’).
The introduction of the new rating system will mean that it will be easier than ever to find an evenly-matched opponent – each player will have a personalised World Tennis Number ‘Game zONe’ to help identify opponents of a similar level. In addition, for the first time ever in Britain, the ratings system will also include doubles – with players having a separate Number for playing either singles or doubles matches, which will help engage many more players.
Initially including results from organised matches in local, county, regional, national and international competitions, and at local tennis venues, it is also the LTA’s ambition in the future to enable players to ‘self-submit’ results from games against their friends to help support local, recreational play.